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word i wish i had fliks of all the latest shit at belmont, i know they have some at graff flicks.com

man i need to post some fliks, my account at imagestation got cancelled anyone know of a good photo host? let me know

doesnt anyone have any fliks?

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Re: paintmyface.puregraffiti.com

 

that first one has a rip water tag by pysa....water was my friend's brother and was killed last year on his younger brothers bday..pysa knew him cause he used to lve on the same block as them nice to see someone besides us unknown writers putting rip water

 

 

WATER LIVES ON !!!!!!!!!!!

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BUMP - Belmont Tunnel History

 

The Belmont Tunnel

 

Posted 2004-04-29 by shandu

 

I would like to thank 50mmlosangeles for the opportunity to bring some light into the tunnel, or better said, the Belmont Tunnel.

 

The Belmont Tunnel? Why the Belmont Tunnel? Who gave it its name? When did it actually become famous? Who painted there first? What were the first pieces done there?

 

These questions often surround the tunnel and these questions often have many and different answers. Some answers, I’d say are validated, but I’d say that some are exaggerated, some are fabricated, some are regurgitated answers from others and some even “plagiarized” answers that are actually stolen accounts of others. To some of these questions surrounding the Tunnel, only a few would know the actual answers and only a few know the facts, not the rumors nor stories nor the urban myths, but the hardcore truth. They are those that witnessed the birth of the now internationally known yard, called the Belmont Tunnel.

 

Let me begin by taking you back a little here and school you on some LA graffiti history, and I speak only of the tunnel. I was in my senior year at Belmont High School, the year was 1984, hence the 84’. The school was roughly two blocks north from the yard and it seemed that nobody cared much of what went on at the tunnel, not even the cops. So it was a perfect spot to paint. At that time RICK, in case you are not aware is also CRIME, RISCO (RIP), PRIMO-DEE, DAVE and I would hang out at Rick’s pad, which was conveniently a few blocks away from the tunnel as well. We would practice sketching pieces for our recently formed crew, Los Angeles ‘Bomb’ Squad, known to many as L.A.B.S. We even did a piece in the backyard of Rick’s pad. Anyways, as soon as we got a hold of some more cans, we would head out to the tunnel and bust. I remember it being comfortable painting there. I guess cause we were sort of hidden and away from any view. We’d also meet up with GEOONE (RIP) from Today’z Writing Artists, TWA, who also lived near by, and practice our tags and throw-ups and sketches. GEO would hit that shit up more than any one of us and would eventually master the art of writing before many of us. You would later see it in his tags that this cat was way ahead of his time. His tags were smooth and fresh. They would just flow.

 

The first piece at the tunnel was a “RISCO CITY” we did and a ‘Los Angeles Bomb Squad’ piece. Although, I think for me, the most memorable piece and moment was when I battled GRAFFONE. Graff had come down to the tunnel a couple of times and I really do not remember how he became aware of the place but all I know is that he was painting there too. He also did a piece for the Shake City Rockers, an LA breakin’ crew at that time. Since we were a little territorial about the tunnel I decided to battle him. Graff was and is a cool cat and we merely battled for fun, we basically just wanted to paint and bust.

 

My piece had Graff’s name in green being crushed by a Shandu on top of his name. My name was filled in yellows and reds with a black outline. Graff One did his piece with a dope B-Boy character I thought it was cool. Unfortunately, I never did take pictures of any of the pieces but I know they are out there, somewhere and hopefully someday I come up on them.

 

Back in those days we’d do our pieces raw, working with what we had - stock tips, any kind of spray-paint, cheap or good and we were also clueless about buffing. So there we were, battling, and I was throwing paint unto a fresh wall of cement, strictly bare concrete. It was sort of a euphoric rush- feeling to watch the paint disappear into the pores of the wall and attempting to outdo this guy. That I’ll never forget. Even if it did take two or three coats to finish, it was still worth every can of paint.

 

Back then people hardly knew of the tunnel, only those who lived near by and/or would pass by the bridge overlooking the tunnel off Beverly Blvd or those that - me and the crew would bring in. The tunnel became to us like our little clubhouse, our haven. We would hang out at the tunnel - not knowing what would lie ahead in the future for this abandoned location. We’d call it the tunnel because of the large tunnel that is there, it used to be a tunnel where trolley’s named “The Big Red Cars” would run through from Glendale Blvd. all the way through to 4th & Hill street in the downtown area. And since, it is next to ‘Belmont’ High – “Belmont Tunnel” became the given name.

 

I would eventually leave the scene and RICK would organize a new crew called K2S, Kill To Succeed, recruiting PRIME as one of the members of the crew. Shortly after, after being encouraged by RICK, SINE (RIP) and MAKE/GALO/TIME would organize their crew called STN, Second To None. These crews would reign all throughout the mid 80’s continuing the legacy once begun by LABS. We all rocked the tunnel and placed it on the map - making it what it is today. After the mid 80’s, other crews and writers from throughout the LA area would surface and come to paint and it has never stopped ever since. Not knowing or soon forgetting that cats like us started this shit.

 

The tunnel instantly became a national phenomenon especially after the publishing of the graffiti book called Spray Can Art, where writers such as RICK, PRIME, GEO, and TIME, who was also MAKE, were featured in. Amongst other writers featured in the book, were also DREAM, DELO, SOON and RISKY. Soon other writers from other cities such as SEEN from New York and writers from Chicago would pay their visit

to this LA historical yard. The tunnel has now been a stop point for tour buses, has been featured in movies, videos, books and magazines. It has also been home to many memorable pieces and battles and also home too many of LA’s homeless.

 

It seems as though something that a bunch of guys started to do as a way of expressing themselves artistically has found its way into the mainstream of the art world & society. Amazing!

 

To all the writers that did a piece or are doing pieces at the tunnel, keep up the excellent work and always remember those that paved the way for you to be paint in there. Every week is always something different and dynamic, it’s good to see a real inner city Gallery in our city for all to enjoy. Peace!

 

It’s also sad to say that the tunnel has now been sold to developers and after this year this sanctuary will no longer exist. So rock that shit with some dope pieces.

 

If you would like more historical info on the tunnel itself go to this link

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TRIBUTE TO BELMONT TUNNEL (RIP)

 

As many may already know, the world famous Belmont Tunnel or Belmont Yard in Los Angeles will be destroyed so a new apartment complex can be built. Belmont was the oldest and most recognized yard in Los Angeles. Writers from all over L.A. and the world, including New York legends like SEEN, BLADE, and DUSTER have hit up here. Many writers from around the Los Angeles area and the world, as well as Pacific Electric rail enthusiasts have been visiting the Tunnel for months now, to get a "last glimpse" before she closes. If you haven't visited it already, you still have time. From what I understand construction is supposed to start in another 2 to 3 months.

 

Originally called the "Toluca Yard", the "Toluca Station", and the "Toluca Tunnel", I have enclosed a tribute with various pictures of Belmont Tunnel throughout the years as a personal respect to the yard, as I have many fond memories of that place.

 

Toluca Station under construction, circa 1925:

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Toluca Station opens, 1925:

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Toluca Station, 1925

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Toluca Station, 1940 (elevated Beverly Blvd. being built in background)

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Toluca Yard, 1959 (now closed, and just used as a storage layup)

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Belmont Tunnel, circa early 1980's (graffiti starts to appear)

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Belmont Tunnel, 2000

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Belmont Tunnel, 2000

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Belmont Tunnel, 2003

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NEW YORK BURNs LA any day....sike! that would b crazy if some ny nigga came in here reppin like dat...hella disrespecin...but yeah this is all hella nice shit...that must succ that that tunnel got closed....shit like that usually would close cus of drugs or deatsh...either the case in this situation??

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that cbs legal is soooooo good. do any of u have more flicks like this? if so post em up

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damn this thread needs some life in it...

 

Thanks for the info TheoHuxtable...I heard a little bit of that history when i was down there last week.

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neva jugde a book by the cova!

 

theo. i was checkn out ya work its hot the time you put in the history shows me ya know your stuff. when i saw the pics. of you i thought look at dis sqaure , my bad you sho and proved on my ass. good work homie.:D :o :o

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so that building on the right in the last picture was pretty old, because it shows up in the 1925 picture too....^^

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